Duke Energy Foundation provides grants

Duke Energy Foundation has awarded nearly $28,000 in grants to emergency management agencies to assist first-responders in Bartholomew and surrounding counties.

The amount provided in south central Indiana from the Plainfield-based foundation includes:

Bartholomew County – $3,200

Brown County – $5,000

Decatur County – $2,800

Jackson County – $2,800

Jennings County – $2,800

Johnson County – $6,341

Shelby County – $5,000

In the Columbus area, the funds will be invested in public outreach and education to help local families prepare themselves for unexpected and potentially harmful situations, Bartholomew County Deputy Emergency Management Director Michael Snyder said.

But in other counties, these monies can be used for a variety of purposes such as obtaining search and rescue K-9s, installing tornado sirens, volunteer training and establishing or refining search and rescue programs.

In total, 47 emergency management agencies throughout Indiana will share more than $175,000, according to a company press release.

“We know that successful emergency preparedness and recovery begins and ends at the local level,” Duke Energy Indiana president Stan Pinegar said. “During major emergencies and natural disasters, local emergency management agencies play a critical role in providing information, resources and support that Duke Energy relies on to speed power restoration for its customers.”